This craft project shows you how to make a baby toy out of a recycled water bottle. This is a great sensory toy for little minds to help them play and develop.
What you need
1 Empty Water Bottle
1/4 cup of uncooked rice, lentils or beans.
Assorted colored ribbons.
Optional Beads, sequins or felt shapes.
Hot Glue or non toxic Craft Glue
Start by taking your water bottle and allowing it to dry. Once it is dry add your “rattle” items. This bottle is filled with rice, sequins, felt cutouts and a few assorted bright beads.
Place some glue around the rim of the lid and then pop it on and allow it to set. This is just an extra precautionary in case the top should become loose.
Keep in mind this toy is for small infants – Birth-6 months and they would not have the motor skills to untwist the tight top or to choke down the ribbons. But secure everything with glue to be safe.
Securely tie the ribbons to the top of the bottle, again you could add some glue for extra security.
Try to find ribbons that are brightly colored and different textures for a sensory delight.
As with all baby toys these bottles should never be used unsupervised.
Is it safe to use ribbons? Yes, Craft Ribbons are dye fast and do not fray. If you are concerned try sucking on the ribbon yourself. You will see it is safe.
Is the rice and beads safe? Of course the rice is secured inside the glued lid.
Is the glue safe? Yes, Craft glue is non toxic.
These calm down or senosry bottles work on older children too, especially if they are part of the making process and get to select what goes inside their bottles. You could use lego, toy trinkets and other collectables inside the bottles to gain your child’s focus.
How do sensory or calm down bottles work? The key is in the slow movement of the items inside the bottles. Whether it is small trinkets, air bubbles or oil bubbles. They help the child to focus their brain on the small movement and slow down, they slow down their breathing and in turn regulate their brain waves to a calmer level.
Sensory bottles are not just about calming down they are a fun way to introduce math and science to your children at and early age. You can add plastic numbers, letters or colors for a child. Sensory bottles can be about a find a seek play for multiple items and educational learning for young or preschool children.